MATH325: Sample Test 1
You may use pencil, pens, ruler, compass and scissors on this test.
You may not use a calculator, book or notes. Please take your time on
each problem and show your work in the space provided. If you get
stuck on a problem, move on to the next and return when you have time.
- What axiom or axioms guarantee that "any two points determine a
straight line"? Justify your answer.
Axiom 1: Two points determine a unique segment.
Axiom 2: A segment can be extended.
An extended segment is a line, so Axioms 1 and 2 combined guarantee
that two points determine a line.
- Shown below is a triangle ABC and a line l. Sketch the result of
translating ABC three inches to the right and then reflecting it
across line l.
- Prove that if the diameter of a circle bisects a chord AB
of a circle, and AB is not a diameter of the circle, then the diameter
is perpendicular to the chord AB.
This is taken from exercise 1.25.
Let O be the center of the circle and C be the point of
intersection of the diameter and the chord. Then |OA| = |OB|, |OC| =
|OC|, and |AC| = |BC|. Therefore, by Side-Side-Side, triangle OAC is
congruent to triangle OBC. Since angles OCA and OCB are congruent and
supplementary, they must be right angles.
- Using only lemmas and theorems from sections 1.1-1.5 of the text,
show that if B is the center of the circle shown below, the measure of
the angle at B is twice the measure of the angle at A.
This is exactly the case of the Star Trek Lemma that is proven in section 1.6.
This practice test is similar to but harder than the actual test to be
given in class. Also, the actual test will include space for you to
work problems in.
- Know Euclid's five axioms
- Prove theorems based on a given set of axioms, lemmas, and
previously proved theorems.
Study exercises 1.15, 1.17, 1.25; be able to apply SSS, SAS, ASA;
"easy" proofs like theorems 1.4.6, 1.5.1; be prepared to
draw pictures illustrating isometries.